Police arrested a 34-year-old Hartford man on Thursday morning while investigating someone with a gun selling drugs in the Capitol Avenue area of Parkville, police said.
Police canvassed the area at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, noticed a red Pontiac Grand Am driven by Asa Boyd, 34, of Hartford.
Police said Boyd is no stranger to police. He is a convicted felon with an extensive criminal history, including two prior firearm related arrests.
Detectives followed the car into the parking lot of 95 James Street, at which point Boyd ran behind 95 James Street.
When police pursued him up a back stairwell, he took a gun from his waistband and threw it, then tried to kick in the second floor apartment door, police said.
Officers were able to apprehend Boyd and take him into custody after a brief struggle.
Police said Boyd had 2.9 grams of crack cocaine.
Officers recovered a Glock .45 caliber pistol with a magazine containing thirteen live rounds and one chambered round.
Boyd was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, weapons in a motor vehicle, high-capacity magazine with more than 10 rounds, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with the intent to sell, interfering with police and third-degree criminal mischief.